1.15.2009

Spring Roll Pie

So it feels like spring has sprung. Seriously, in the last 3 days we went from -25 to +45, with winds at 60-100 miles an hour. Needless to say we hardly have snow left, its more of a skating rink. Suddenly warm stews and soups don't sound so comforting and today I wanted spring, right now. I was prowling the kitchen looking for lunch fixings with no definite plan in mind cool, fresh and crunchy was all I could think of. I came up with this 'pie' using what I had on hand. I think it's a keeper. It might be even better if I plan it and have more of the right ingredients. This is less a recipe and more of an arrangement really.

Spring Roll Pie
6-8 dry spring roll wrappers
2 cups chopped lettuce-using what you have; less will do or sub in basil and fresh mint
2 chicken thighs, skinned, boned and cooked
1 carrot grated
1/2 a peeled cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced-here I would prefer romas or a good beefsteak
any fresh crunchy ingredients you desire will also work
peanut sauce dressing-recipe follows

assemble your ingredients
Fill a shallow pan with hot tap water
dip one spring roll wrapper in hot water, when it is soft lay it flat in a glass pie plate
begin layering your ingredients-each layer was different and I worked mostly towards making sure I had nothing leftover at the end
each layer did have a drizzle of dressing spread over it and then another wrapper placed on top
as you layer be aware of how much you have left to build and just get creative
the final layer is a spring roll wrapper with nothing on top

dressing
3 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
1 drop of fish sauce-optional
sprinkle of red pepper flakes-optional
1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 Tbsp cold water or soy sauce -optional to make the dressing more spreadable

place all ingredients in a jar and shake well, adding water as desired

I added water to make it easier to spread, more soy sauce would work as well but it was salty enough for me already


7 comments:

  1. Of course!


    It's not gonna hurt is it?

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  2. Sounds great! I have to get some fish sauce.

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  4. LOL! I love it! I hope you don't take this the wrong way but this just cracks me up. It's so bizarre and and yet I really want to make one!! And I am in a local foodie group and we have a pie making challenge that everyone on a new year's diet was complaining about. I think I might make mine shrimp though.

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  5. I made one yesterday with lots of vegetables and tofu. It went over really well. Thanks for the great idea!

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  6. Oh I saw it! It's so beautiful. Good job!

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